Walters pulls the plug on Oscar special

What will Oscar night be without
Barbara Walters’ tree questions and lap dances with guests? We’re not sure, but
we will soon find out.

Walters announced this morning on “The View” that her 29th
special, which will feature interviews with nominees Sandra Bullock and
Mo’Nique, will be her last.

“I think I’m sick of
them,” Walters explained. “I feel I’ve been there, done that. 29
years is enough.”

When grilled by her co-hosts about
why she was pulling the annual telecast which performs well with viewers and is
well-respected in the industry, she said she felt she had been doing the same
thing for 29 years.

“You can switch the format a
little bit and I love the fact that we have these stars and they’re both
nominated,” Walters said.  “I felt it was enough.”

Asked by co-host Joy Behar why she
didn’t wait another year and make it an even 30? “That would be
cliché,” Walters replied.

Walters, who left “20/20”
after 25 years,  said she will still co-host “The View,” go on
special assignment for ABC News and continue her “The 10 Most Fascinating
People” special.

“It seems really weird because
it’s something I’ve always watched,” co-host Sherri Shepherd responded on
the air.  “And I look forward to hearing what they have to say and
you talking to them.”

“What is the Oscars without
the Oscar special” piped in co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Added co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who
appeared on one of the specials: “It is one of those things that you did
look forward to and you hoped to get that phone call if you were  a nominee…The
industry will be slightly less because you’re not doing it. I will just say
that. I’m glad I got in when the getting was good.”

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